December 14th National Bouillabaisse Day

It seems a bit odd that after Thanksgiving we should be talking about bouillabaisse. Most of us still have left-over turkey in our refrigerators and now we are talking about fish soup!?!  Well, if you are not fond of fish this day may not be your favorite.

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This dish comes to us from the Mediterranean Sea area where fish dishes are prevalent. It can have nearly any kind of fish in it but most contain Cod, Snapper, Flounder, Halibut, Sea Bass, Monk Fish (Any white fish) or it may contain all of them.

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The dish seems to have come from France, Marseille to be exact. Here’s a popular recipe from the area. It is also popular in the United States around the New Orleans area which, of course, use to be a part of the French colonies.

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You really do have to enjoy fish to enjoy Bouillabaisse. I have had it before and it does taste pretty good, normally a little spicy, but I d have to admit it smells pretty strong. It is somewhat healthy and maybe a welcome break from all the turkey and mashed potatoes you’ve had that comes with the season.

How to celebrate – Have Bouillabaisse for supper tonight. Save up all your left-over fish from dinners and put it in your soup, or stew. Visit New Orleans or Marseille.

December 14th Bouillabaisse Day

I had never heard of Bouillabaisse before today and I certainly had no idea what it was. But, I like my fish fried or baked and am generally not fond of it in a soup. However, I am told this soup is one of the best in the world and a delicacy in the south of France. Apparently , anywhere in France.

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There are two legends of where bouillabaisse first came from. The first is a recipe of a Greek Goddess (which I find a little hard to believe), the other is of fishermen in southern France who caught rock fish that they could not sell so they ended up making a soup out of them (this one is a little easier to believe).

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It’s main ingredients are: Rock fish, Saffron, Fennel Seed, and Orange zest – though the pictures make it look like there may be more involved. For those of you adventurous enough, here is a recipe.

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It seems to be one of those dishes that just happens and no one is credited with actually creating it first… that is unless you buy the Greek Goddess theory. From the pictures, it also seems like you can throw just about anything you want into it as well (I guess being fish it helps if you add fish). It is credited with being first served in Marseille, France.

images-5Fish tacos caught on, so I guess maybe Bouillabaisse will possibly too. And maybe I am the only one who hasn’t tried it yet. I am just a little afraid if it is French I will find a fish head floating around in it.

How to celebrate – Use the recipe in the link above  to make your own Bouillabaisse (don’t they make something like this is New Orleans? Of course, New Orleans was French at one time so maybe the Greek Goddess visited there as well). Travel to Southern France just for a bowl of Bouillabaisse. Try making Bouillabaisse with Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks!